Education Studies Concentration

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

The Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies brings together research, theory and practice across numerous disciplines. Integrative studies majors select a multidisciplinary concentration or work with student services staff to develop their own concentration, uniquely suited to their academic and career goals. Integrative studies majors explore new topics and experiences while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce.  Required coursework is offered in small classes with ample room for discussion, collaborative learning, and experiential learning, including in-community projects, volunteer opportunities, field work, internships and work with faculty on research that directly engages current social and global challenges.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Integrative studies students complete INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies and choose a concentration from the options below. Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their degree program to meet Mason requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor.

Required Course

INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies 3

Concentration in the Major

A concentration is the equivalent of a major in a traditional degree program. Students choose from an established multidisciplinary concentration below or create with faculty an individualized program of study to fit their interests and needs. Concentration coursework combines integrative studies (INTS) classes with coursework from other Mason units (departments, schools, and colleges). While fulfilling the concentration requirements, students are also responsible for completing a minimum of 30 credits of INTS coursework. Any INTS courses required for the concentration will apply. Students must present a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the concentration.

Concentration in Education Studies (ESTU)

Examines the foundations of formal education, the nature of learning, and contemporary issues & opportunities in education. This concentration prepares students for:

  • post-baccalaureate or graduate teacher licensure programs (including accelerated master’s programs)
  • graduate studies in fields such as higher education, educational psychology, school psychology, guidance counseling
  • careers in educational policy & funding
  • nonprofit leadership (museums, child-care centers, environmental centers, recreational centers, Boys & Girls Club)
Core Courses
Choose two courses from the following: 6-7
Teacher: A Historical Perspective  
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)  
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)  
Education in Contemporary Society  
Total Credits 6-7

Students complete one of the following emphases (pre-licensure or non-licensure).

Pre-Licensure Emphasis
9 credits of ENGH, including ENGH 101 or ENGH 302 and one literature course 9
3 credits of oral communication 3
9 credits of natural science (must include a lab science and coursework from at least two scientific disciplines) 9
9 credits of mathematics or statistics (only 3 credits of statistics or probability can be accepted) 9
3 credits of ECON coursework 3
3 credits of U.S. history 3
3 credits of any GGS course 3
3 credits of American government (GOVT 103 or 304) 3
3 credits of HIST 100 or HIST 125 3
3 credits of ARTH, AVT, MUSI, or THR coursework 3
3 credits of PHIL, RELI, or FRLN coursework 3
Minimum of 9 credits of EDCI, ECED, EDUC, EDLE, EDSE, EDRD, EDIT, EDEP, EDPO, or ELED coursework 9
Total Credits 60
Non-Licensure Emphasis 
Complete 24 credits chosen from the following: 24
Introduction to Design Thinking  
EDIT 401
Introduction to Learning Technologies  
Schools and the Law  
Organization and Management of Schools  
EDSE 201
Introduction to Special Education  
Introduction to Education: Teaching, Learning and Schools (Mason Core)  
Introduction to Teaching  
ELED 242
Foundations of Elementary Education  
Health Promotion and Education  
Leadership Theory and Practice  
Introduction to Childhood Studies (Mason Core)  
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)  
Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)  
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)  
Principles of Fund Raising  
Leadership in a Changing Environment  
Introduction to Neuroscience (Mason Core)  
PHED 306
Psychomotor Learning  
Experiential Education Theory and Application  
Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)  
Social Psychology (Mason Core)  
Principles of Learning  
Educational Psychology  
Child Development  
Adolescent Development  
Cognitive Psychology  
Psychological Tests and Measurements  
Abnormal Psychology  
Industrial and Organizational Psychology  
Psychology of Creativity and Innovation  
Human Factors Psychology  
Social Inequality (Mason Core)  
Youth Culture and Society (Mason Core)  
The Sociology of Higher Education (Mason Core)  
LGBTQ Issues in Education  
Coursework from core course list not used to meet that requirement
Other course with advisor approval
Total Credits 24

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.